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Welcome Prospectors!
Due to numerous requests (and because I am tired of posting these documents on forums repeatedly), I am making this information availible to the masses on the web. In the process, I hope to expose a lot of the crap that passes for manufacturing secrets touted by various outfits currently advertising in trade mags, papers and on the web. Almost as onerous is the knee-jerk reaction of some otherwise intelligent persons when words like mercury and cyanide are mentioned in the context of mining (usually translated as the raping of mother earth). With a little common sense and attention to detail anyone can use chemicals to recover metals in complete safety. It is the de-mystification of some basic chemistry to which this page is dedicated. Hoo-Rah.

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Here is some info on The Basement aspects of Cyanide Extraction
Cyanide Leaching
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If Cyanide scares you too bad, here is how you can do the same thing with halides
Halide Leaching and Recovery
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Ever have trouble using charged mercury? Hate paying for it? This will solve both problems.
All About Mercury
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Recognize and extract metals from ore using a few common techniques.
Black Sand, Tellurides and Sulfides
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An overview of assaying and smelting techniques.
Assaying and Smelting
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Advanced techniques of quantitative analysis.
Colorimetric Assay of Gold
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How to determine the concentration of cyanide in solution
Determination of Free Cyanide in Solution
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Common sense information and precautions on the use of acids and bases in mining.
Acids and Bases
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Clorox: What it is and how to make it
Super Clorox
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Info on some friends you might make down at the river
Snakes of Central America
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The difference between
Melting and Smelting
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A short primer on dissolving common compounds.
Rules of Solubility
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Advanced filtering techniques
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Weights and Measures (Or: Why the why the English System Sucks)
Weights and Measures
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About the Author
{short description of image}The author grew up on the edge of the Okefenokee Swamp in South Georgia. He attended the University of Georgia where he received a B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degree in microbiology. He won a two year post-doctoral fellowship to The Oak Ridge National Laboratories where he pursued studies in molecular biology. These studies, primarily, involved research on de novo synthesis of protein and genetic coding of DNA.
{short description of image}He served as chief of the Aquatic Ecology Section of the Southeastern Water Pollution Laboratory (now EPA). He also worked (regrettably) at the Richard B, Russell Agricultural Research Laboratory. When the crap got too deep he told them to shove it up their --- "trasero" and quit.
{short description of image}The last 16 years have been spent pursuing more mundane but more enjoyable interests in Central America, namely, gold mining, treasure hunting, and whatever else turns him on at the moment. He has learned a great deal of practical metallurgy of gold and other precious metals by study and by operating a small assay laboratory.

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